Those who desire to become Registered Roof Observers must fulfill certain requirements. These requirements include completion of an application, agreement to abide by the RCI Code of Ethics, and earning a satisfactory score on a computer-based examination.
RRO Application Requirements
Applicants must have experience in one of the following areas:
- QA inspector/consultant in roofing for two cumulative years
- Roof construction for two cumulative years
- Roofing manufacturer’s technical or sales representative for a period of four years
12 hours of continuing education earned and a minimum of 3 roofing-related seminars are needed for application approval as well as 5 references.
RRO Application Process
A user account is all that is required to log in to the portal to complete an application. You may enter and save the information until the application has been completed. It can then be electronically submitted to RCI for review and approval. Once begun, the application must be completed and submitted to RCI within one year or the application in process will expire.
90 days should be allowed for processing once an application is submitted to RCI. Applications will be processed within 60 days for an additional expediting fee ($50 member/$75 nonmember). An exam registration form will be provided to the candidate when the application has been approved. Once registered, the candidate will be contacted by Castle Worldwide, the Internet-based testing company, to schedule an exam.
Computer-based testing is offered on demand to approved candidates subject to individual testing center hours and availability. The RRO exam is available online at over 1,000 conveniently located testing centers worldwide. Consult castleworldwide.com for testing center locations.
The exam is 150 multiple-choice questions and tests knowledge of roof observation principles for the following types of roofing systems: built-up, single-ply, asphalt shingle, wood, sprayed polyurethane foam, tile, metal and slate. The online exam is four hours long.
Download an RRO exam study guide. (Applicable to exams taken by 5/31/18)
As of June 1, 2018, the current version of the RRO exam will be replaced by a new version. It will consist of 75 multiple choice questions and last up to three hours long. The examinee must be familiar with the basic methodology of quality assurance observation and have a broad knowledge of basic roof science, documentation and reporting, field testing observation, construction documents, roles, responsibilities and ethics, and roof systems and materials.
Download the new RRO exam study guide. (Applicable to exams taken as of 6/1/18)
Note: RCI Educational Programs, in particular the Roofing Technology and Science programs, and the Rooftop Quality Assurance program may prove useful for anyone planning to pursue the RRO credential.
Annual renewal is required in order to maintain the RRO registration. The RRO must maintain activities as a quality assurance observer or perform job duties requiring the skills of a quality assurance observer.
An annual renewal fee is required and 10 building envelope-related continuing educational hours (CEHs) must be earned each year. All registrants are encouraged to self-report CEHs via the RCI website.
In the event the RRO discontinues employment in the construction industry or takes employment with a firm that provides services that cause a conflict of interest, the RRO registration will be forfeited. Registration granted by RCI shall remain its property.
|Application Fee||Examination Fee||Annual Renewal Fee*|
|$350 – RCI member||$250 – RCI member||$175 – RCI member|
|$425 – Nonmember||$325 – Nonmember||$250 – Nonmember|
*There is a 10% discount from the base renewal rate for each additional designation.